Are you battling with agonizing arthritis pain or chronic lower back or spine pain that conservative treatment just cannot seem to tame? Conditions such as facet syndrome and advanced spinal arthritis can leave you with permanent changes in your spinal column -- changes that may cause constant or recurring pain.
If you can't obtain relief from treatment methods such as exercise or standard pain-relieving medications, you should investigate the possibility of undergoing a treatment technique at our Torrance back pain clinic known as facet joint injection. These injections into the cervical or lumbar intervertebral joints can not only confirm the nature of your problem but also bring swift, long-lasting relief.
Facet joint injections are a safe, effective, minimally invasive treatment option performed by our expert arthritis doctors at Rolling Hills Medical. This procedure is used to help with back pain due to arthritis, degenerative disease of the spine, and trauma such as a car accident injury or accident.
The vertebrae of the spine are connected to each other along the posterior surface of the spine by pairs of joints called facet joints. These joints make it possible for your neck and back to move with their accustomed flexibility.
Like many other joints in the body, facet joints include a layer of cartilage and capsule filled with synovial fluid. These anti-friction components enable the joints to move easily and without pain -- but when something happens to damage them, they can actually become the source of chronic neck or lower back pain.
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Facet joint injections can provide the double benefit of diagnosis and pain relief. They fall into a category of treatment known as a nerve block. A mixture of anti-inflammatory steroid medication and anesthetic is injected into one or more specific facet joints. If your pain immediately disappears, it means that our team has pinpointed its precise origin, making it that much easier for the condition to be controlled going forward. At the same time, you receive pain relief that should last for months at a time.
Facet joint injections don't just have the ability to relieve neck, upper back, or lower back pain. A facet joint problem can sometimes refer pain to other parts of the body through the major nerve pathways. By relieving your pain at its source, facet joint injections can prove highly useful for treating many different troublesome symptoms, including:
We will give you some pre-appointment instructions to ensure that your facet joint injection is successful. You may be asked to refrain from eating, drinking, or the use of diabetic medications or blood thinners before your procedure. During the procedure itself, we will administer a sedative and sterilize the treatment area. Several small injections will numb the treatment area before we proceed with the actual facet joint injection. we use X-rays imaging to guide the injection with precise accuracy.
Your facet joint injection treatment will most likely take 30 minutes or less. If we decide to administer an additional procedure called radiofrequency neurotomy (which deadens the nerve even more completely), your appointment might last an hour. You'll be asked to avoid strenuous activities for a few days afterward, but a normal movement is healthy and encouraged.
Are you intrigued at the idea of saying goodbye to a pain that you thought would never leave you? If so, call Rolling Hills Medical 424-250-8699 to set up an appointment for facet joint injections with our Torrance CA pain management specialist.